TYSON FURY faces having to pay Deontay Wilder step aside money to keep his hopes of fighting Anthony Joshua alive.
According to The Sun report, it comes after an arbitration judge ruled in favour of the American, who was seeking a trilogy bout with Fury.
Wilder, beaten by the Brit in February 2020, was contracted to an immediate rematch with his heavyweight rival.
But as talks stalled amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Gypsy King’s team claimed the stipulation expired in October.
As a result, they entered talks with Joshua for an undisputed title decider, which was heading for August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Wilder was fighting his case for a shot at redemption with a mediator.
And now the Daily Star has reported that the legal dispute has gone the former WBC champion’s way.
Fury, 32, has been told he owes Wilder, 35, a third fight and would be breaching his contract if he failed to meet him in the ring again.
But according to The Athletic, the undisputed title decider between Britain’s two superstars can still go ahead – even though the water has been muddied.
The Telegraph say the case is believed to be civil, not federal, meaning a payout in compensation for Wilder is possible.
And due to the huge £110m site fee on offer in Saudi Arabia, the Alabamian could be in line for a settlement between £3.5m and £5.6m.